Weapon Of Beauty

Tim Vanhamel + Philip Metten = Powerhouse

In 1963 Fluxus artist Robert Filliou declared his birthday as the official birthday of the ‘arts’. This statement made in a Parisian bar led to a whole sling of “Art’s Birthday” parties worldwide.  Next Sunday the  17th the M_HKA museum in Antwerp is also hosting a party.

What interests me most is a rare musical/visual performance by Philip Metten. He usually asks a muscisian to perform into an environment and costume that he created especially for the occasion.

This time Tim Vanhamel (Evil Superstars, Millionaire, dEUS…) will do a performance in a sound costume with imbedded electronic pads and neon lights. This is third time they work together, after earlier performances at Art Brussels in 2008 and last November at the opening night of an exhibition with Belgian art in a New York gallery.

This is not the first time Metten merges his visuals with music. Before collaborating with Vanhamel he did several performances with Quasar Noise Lab (feat.  Aldo Struyf and Dave Schroyen (both from Millionaire & Creature Withe The Atom Brain)) and even released a 7 inch single. See some old visuals below


What not to do @ Art Brussels
April 23, 2008, 11:46 pm
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A final (I promise!) post about Art Brussels. Some artist (I don’t know his or her name and guess what: I don’t want to know) set up the following installation last weekend:

What the motives of the artist are I can only guess: trying to shock? I have to dissapoint him/her: nobody seemed shocked.
Maybe he thought that sex sells. It probably does, but certainly not on this occasion. People all just walked by quickly. I guess noone wants to be caught while watching a bunch of giant genitalia. Although I’m pretty sure there are some people out there who get off on massive genitals. Good luck to them!  
Who wants this stuff in his home? Imagine inviting your friends over to check out the new artworks you bought and everybody just goes ‘mmm, interesting‘. They probably piss themselves laughing while driving home afterwards.

Wim Delvoye @ Art Brussels 2008
April 21, 2008, 12:23 pm
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Wim Delvoye took his personal take on the commercialisation of the art world one step further (some might say: too far) and opened a Wim Delvoye merchandise shop at Art Brussels. Ofcourse it’s all very tongue in cheek. One of the items on sale was a box which included an action figure of himself, one of his tattooed pigs and a miniature Cloaca machine. See promotional sticker below:

I find the “You can tell it’s not Mattel” quite funny. His recent work is full of references to logos of famous brands and icons in popular culture.  An adapted version of the Mr Proper figure (Now with bowels! Buy 2, get one free!) has been the symbol of his Cloaca machine for quite some time now and if you look closely you can see that the pig has Delvoye’s name in the Walt Disney font on it’s back (same initials, so easily adaptable).
He did a similar thing with the jigsaw puzzle – that was also on sale – were he changed the MB logo to WD. The puzzle is a typical Delvoye: it’s a toy for children, but he then fucks it up by putting the image of his  ‘Anal Kiss’ (1999) work on it. “Now children, be quiet and finish your Anal Kiss.”

I bought me a copy of the puzzle as it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to a Wim Delvoye artwork.
There’s a nice selection of more of his work right HERE.

Desiree Dolron @ Art Brussels 2008
April 19, 2008, 3:23 pm
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I’m a afraid there’s more art coming up as I went to the Art Brussels fair today. I was blown away by the work of Dutch artist DESIREE DOLRON. Apparently already a houshold name in Holland and her work has already been purchased by the Guggenheim Museum (NY), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). This was the first time her work was on show in Belgium and the two photographs that were on show had already sold by Saturday. No big surprise as in my – not so humble opinion – they were the best artworks of the fair.
One of the works on show was ‘Xteriors XIII’ and is pictured below:

The above jpg image only gives you a small fraction of the entensity of the actual work. You HAVE to see it in real life. It’s baffling. The first thing that goes through your mind is “is that a paiting or a photograph?”. So everybody takes a step closer to check it out. It ís a photo, slightly manipulated in Photoshop and then printed on photo paper. The serinity and the enigma gives her images a semblance to the work of the Flemisch Primitives and Johannes Vermeer.
In case you want one in your home: I informed about the price of ‘Xteriors XIII’. Start saving as it was sold for 42.000 euro. Gulp!